Graham Henry will be replaced as All Blacks coach by the end of the year after his highly fancied team crashed out of the World Cup at the hands of France in the quarterfinals. The New Zealand Rugby Union board said on Sunday that a new coaching team should be in place by Christmas, even though Henry and his assistants have contracts until March 2008.
Richie McCaw admits he is ready to take New Zealand all the way to the 2007 World Cup title. The All Blacks captain will lead his side into the quarterfinal crunch clash against France at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday. New Zealand have enjoyed a smooth passage into the last eight with comfortable victories against European outfits Italy, Portugal, Scotland and Romania.
Fiji created the biggest shock of the World Cup so far with a sensational 38-34 win over Wales on Saturday to reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 1987. The Pacific islanders produced a wonderful opening period to lead 25-10 at the break and put themselves on course for the runners-up spot in Pool B.